Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Scientific Methods are a series of steps that scientists use to solve problems.

  • Ask a question/ Problem that you would like to solve
  • Background Information
  • Form a Hypothesis
  • Materials
  • Procedures
  • Results (sometimes graphs)
  • Conclusion

Text book explanation can be found here. We will spend weeks on this unit. We will complete labs that utilize this process all year long.

Labs/ Assignments

  • Learn the parts of the scientific method (listed above)
  • Learning to Make a hypothesis activity (and quiz at the end)
  • Learn to identify the Independent variables and dependent variables
  • Bottle Flip Lab & write up
  • Graphing: caffeine craze
  • Mythbusters: using the scientific method to solve a question about global warming
  • Simulation: Abiotic factors

Quiz

  • Pop Quiz: Create a hypothesis
  • Graphing quiz
  • Scientific Method Performance task: Prove that you can fill out a lab write up form with the steps to the Scientific Method. Interactive Science Notebooks (ISN) can be used on this quiz. You will be choosing a scenario to test a problem and completing a write up that supports the problem. The write up will be graded (40 points) and a screenshot of the experiment you choose to write up (10 points) will be graded for a total of 50 points. We will review a day before the test. The simulation is online but the test will be on paper.

NGSS

A lab used for graphing and gathering data will also serve as an introduction to this standard.

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multi step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).